9New Bern (4A): The defending 4A cham- pions are always tough, always dangerous
and always well coached. Look for Bobby Curl-
16 South Point (3A): The Red Raiders are always fun to watch and always a team
that will electrify the scoreboard with their “Red
19 High Point Central (4A): Saying the Bi- son will be strong is an understatement.
Coach Wayne Jones and crew will be looking to
ings’ Bears to once again be one of the lead-
Bone” attack. It is a safe bet to plan on follow-
knock off East Forsyth and make a strong push
ing teams from the East and possibly make a
ing this team in late November as South Point
for the 4A title. The Bison will be very strong de-
return trip to the 4A finals.
should make a strong run at the state title.
fensively and should have plenty of speed, but
10East Forsyth (4A): The Eagles were one of the best teams a year ago and Todd
Willert’s squad hopes to build on that success
17 Crest (3A): Always an elite team, coach Mark Barnes’ squad will be looking to
make it back to the state finals after missing
a very strong schedule will challenge this team.
20Jack Britt (4A): The Bucs were able to make it all the way to the 4AA title
and make it a step further in the 4AA playoffs.
out on their third-straight trip last year. The 3AA
game in coach Brian Rimpf’s first season and
They will have to replace some key figures off of
West bracket will be loaded, but Crest will have
they will look to cap off his sophomore year with
a dominant defense, but East should still be in
the horses to make a strong run.
a championship. Things will be a bit tougher as
great shape to make a lot of noise.
11Page (4A): After winning it all in 2011, the Pirates fell on hard times early in
18 Hoke County (4A): This could be the most dangerous team in the state. The
Bucks are loaded with speed and they also
Britt has lost a considerable amount of talent
to graduation, but it is still a safe bet that they’ll
be among the final teams standing in the 4AA
the 2012 season when the injury bug nearly
have a strong staff led by veteran coach Milton
crippled their title-defense hopes. But Page
has reloaded and could once again emerge as
Butts. This could be the team that unseats ei-
ther Richmond or Scotland in the always tough
21Leesville Road (4A): This is a team that keeps getting better every year.
a state title threat.
Southeastern Conference and makes a strong
The Pride are a very well coached team and
run at Hoke’s first state title. Notre Dame commit Elijah Hood and Charlotte Catholic have their sights et on a state title
they seem to score touchdowns at will. Keep an
12Northern Guilford (3A): Gone is all- world running back T.J. Logan, who will
eye on receiver/athlete Braxton Berrios as he
is one of the best football players in the state.
be playing on Saturdays this year, and legend-
ary coach Johnny Roscoe. But don’t think that
will stop the fine-tuned machine Roscoe built
22Hillside (4A): Under head coach An- tonio King, Hillside has proven to be a
as the Nighthawks, now led by Robert Thomas,
tough team every year and the Hornets look to
should be a threat to win the 3AA championship
build on last season’s eight-win campaign with
for a fourth consecutive year.
a state championship run. Loaded with college-
bound talent, don’t take this team lightly. The
13North Davidson (4A): North could be the team to watch in the Western 4A
Hornets will get their first true test in Week 1
when they face New Bern on the road.
bracket this fall as the Black Knights will look
to build on last year’s 14-1 season. Coach Mark
Holcomb’s team has a great mix of speed,
23 Pine Forest (4A): The Trojans are hop- ing to improve on last season’s seven-
bone-crushing size and great coaching. Junior
win effort with a breakout year under head
defensive lineman Shy Tuttle will be one of the
coach Bill Sochovka. Even with four conference
key figures as the Black Knights look to win the
losses, they were just a few big plays away from
CPC 4A again.
winning the Mid-South title. The Trojans will be
anchored by Boston College-bound defensive
14New Hanover (4A): New Hanover nearly had it all figured out a year ago,
lineman Harold Landry and Lamont Gaillard,
who is being pursued by many top SEC colleges.
going 11-2 and beating some powerful teams
like Scotland County but they just didn’t have
an answer for New Bern, the team they fell to
24Rocky River (4A): The Ravens are a team that could be lying in the weeds,
twice. The Wildcats have restocked the cup-
ready to bite an unsuspecting opponent. They’re
board and have the speed they need to be one
loaded with speed, talent and have retained a
of the state’s elite teams and possibly make a
very solid coaching staff during their first few
run at the state championship.
years of existence. Playing in the Southwestern
4A will be tough, but these guys could pose a
15Charlotte Catholic (3A): After falling to Northern Guilford in the 3AA cham-
serious challenge to conference foes Indepen-
dence and Butler.
pionship game a year ago, Catholic will use
that defeat as motivation and punish teams,
while riding on the back of Notre Dame-bound
25 Southwest Onslow (2A): Moving up from 1A to 2A, many consider the Stal-
running back Elijah Hood. Coach Jim Oddo’s
lions to be a lock for the 2A state title as this is
Cougars are always among the best teams in
a team that could play with many of the state’s
the state and they’ll take it one step further as
top 3A and 4A programs. Coach Phil Padgett is
they move up from the 3A ranks to the 4A ranks
among the best head coaches in the state, so
watch out for this squad.
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